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strawberry hibiscus rum punch-in-the-gut

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2018  |  0 Comments
Sure, you can grab a yogurt for some probiotics. But it’s way more fun to reach for one of these cocktails for those gut-friendly bacteria! This drink is inspired by a strawberry daiquiri, yet calorie friendlier. I find it tastier, too, since not overly sweet. What’s in the cocktail? It’s based on rum and includes fresh mint, lime juice, ginger, and strawberries. But the highlight is the sparkling probiotic beverage … Farmhouse Culture Strawberry Hibiscus Gut Punch Sparkling Probiotic Veggie Drink, to be specific, which contains 4 billion probiotic cultures in a bottle. Now that’s a heck of a lot of good bugs! I found the veggie drink at Whole Foods Market, FYI. Cheers!   Note: The theme of this...
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grilled fairytale eggplant with lemony-tahini dressing

by Jackie Newgent  |  August 10, 2017  |  0 Comments
I spotted some of the cutest-ever eggplants at Union Square Greenmarket. They had an adorable name to match … fairytale eggplants! So, I brought a big bagful home and this is the first recipe I created! It’s a Middle Eastern-inspired warm grilled eggplant appetizer. (Though, I actually ate the entire platter at once as an entrée!) I hope you can find these itty-bitty eggplants so you can fix this dish. But if not, do try it with baby zucchini, baby pattypan squash, or just slices of regular or Italian eggplant. Serve it at a special meal for two—or anytime. And do enjoy on Meatless Monday. Hope you like it as much as I do! Why it’s good for you? Eggplant...
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slow cooker creamy eggplant korma

by Jackie Newgent  |  July 22, 2017  |  0 Comments
You’ve gotta love a slow cooker—especially when it means you can toss all ingredients into it at lunchtime and dinner is ready when you are! It’s an ideal way to “beat the heat” this summer. And if you enjoy going meatless yet don’t want to miss out on flavor, this creamy korma recipe is for you! It has distinct Indian flair, calorie-friendliness, and a colorful, fragrant finish. It’s delicious as is or served over steamed brown rice or whole grain of choice. For an extra punch of protein, I like to stir sliced toasted almonds or raw shelled hemp seeds into the cooked grains. And to transform this bowlful of plant-based goodness into a complete meal, I often serve this...
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mini mint-chocolate brownie sundae jars

by Jackie Newgent  |  June 22, 2017  |  5 Comments
I love desserts in mini jars! It’s a way to indulge in sweets in a portion-friendly way. It’s so much fun, too! Here, I’ve gone with a brownie sundae concept. I chose mint chocolate chip frozen dessert since that’s my favorite flavor. And I made good-for-you brownies with absolutely no added sugars! Altogether, this dessert can be called “healthy!” But there’s no need to tell skeptics that. This dessert-in-a-jar still provides 100% “sweet tooth” satisfaction! Serve for a party. Or, freeze brownie rounds for later and make one jar at a time just for you. Enjoy beyond just as dessert. This recipe makes a scrumptious pick as a post-workout snack! But before taking that first spoonful, please join me in...
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fresh mint grasshopper mocktail

by Jackie Newgent  |  May 22, 2017  |  0 Comments
When can a healthy drink do double duty as a dessert? When you whirl up this mocktail recipe! It’s inspired by the after-dinner Grasshopper cocktail that’s typically made with green crème de menthe, white crème de cacao, and heavy cream. This virgin version is hangover-free and contains no added sugars and no artery-clogging cream! It has a just-right sweetness and creaminess and fresh minty flair. Plus, it’s a perfect fit for the Recipe Redux theme of this month: Cocktails and Mocktails for May Celebrations. Cheers! Calories saved: 180 Why it’s better for you? Punch of protein and probiotics!
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